Editorials

George Donovan : Attorney Was a Class Act

July 8, 2011
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  Attorney George Donovan, who died in June at the age of 83, was a bigger than life character in the life and times of this neighborhood where he grew-up and which he called home for many years before moving to Hull and then to Ireland, where he spent the last 15 years of...

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Good Support: Boys and Girls Club is a Most Worthy Cause

June 29, 2011
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The recent Salesian Boys and Girls Club Annual Breakfast held at Suffolk Downs was a big hit, which attracted all the right people for all the right reasons. Those of us who know and who admire Father John Nazzaro made sure to be there as the Salesian Boys and Girls Club presided over by...

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Getting Around: Grossman is No Stranger to East Boston

June 29, 2011
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State Treasurer Steve Grossman is no stranger to East Boston. In fact, his family goes so far back here they are buried in the Jewish Cemetery off Bennington Street. During the campaign in which he was elected, Grossman was a frequent visitor here – and he didn’t just come to say his thing –...

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Summer Arrives: Things Are Happening All Around Us

June 22, 2011
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Tuesday was the first day of summer, a moment in time marking the earth’s exact position with the sun on its axis, which is ever changing. In other words – the summer is here. The light lasts longer during the day. Until almost 8:30 p.m. there is light. There is also heat and the...

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Eastie Connection: Dimasi and the Neighborhood

June 22, 2011
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Former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi was convicted of seven out of nine charges in Federal Court last week, thus ending a very sorry chapter in his life. He awaits sentencing. Once the most powerful and popular legislators in the state, he is now almost entirely a man alone awaiting his fate at...

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All-around Good Job: Woody’s Withdraws Expansion Proposal

June 15, 2011
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In the end, Eastie’s Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Senator Anthony Petruccelli had much to do with Woody’s Liquors taking their expansion plan off the table for now. It was a good piece of neighborhood-community work for LaMattina and Petruccelli, and for Mayor Thomas Menino, all of whom voiced concern about whether or...

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Joe Ruggiero: A Loyal Friend to East Boston

June 15, 2011
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The death of Joe Ruggiero Sr. at 77 is a loss for the neighborhood. He was a special kind of man. He could walk into a room with dignitaries, politicians and wealthy and powerful individuals and he would be the one that everyone would remember. He had a great personality. He made people feel...

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A Rising Star: EBNHC Facility is going to be a Grand Addition

June 8, 2011
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The grand new health center building now rising in Maverick Square – the new East Boston Neighborhood Health Center facility – is now taking shape and form. When it is completed six months from now, it will represent about the most exciting single investment development in Maverick Square in the last 100 years. Not...

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Traffic Slow-Down: Bridge Closure is Causing some Headaches

June 8, 2011
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East Boston residents who tend to use the Meridian Street Bridge need to be reminded of the closure of the Chelsea Street Bridge. Until December, the Chelsea Street Bridge is being closed to so the old drawbridge can be cut apart and carted away, after which the new bridge replacing it can be completed....

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Looking Ahead: Peaceful Weekend is a Sign of Things to Come

June 1, 2011
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It was an America at peace with itself this long Memorial Day weekend. The kick-off to the Summer of 2011 went smoothly in New England and here in the Greater Boston area where the weather finally, fully, wonderfully cooperated, sending tens of thousands to our beaches and into the streets of our neighborhoods for...

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